Dates & Hours

Glacier National Park welcomes visitors 365 days per year and is never "closed". Winter weather dictates when most visitor facilities, hiking trails, roads and activities open and close for the season. June through September is typically considered our "summer" season when most facilities and roads are open and accessible. The Going-to-the-Sun Road typically opens in mid June and closes in mid October.

Our seasonal lodging properties typically open in late May or Early June and close in mid to late September. Grouse Mountain Lodge, located in Whitefish, Montana is always open year-round. For more information, see our 2016 Lodging Dates below.

When to Visit Montana

The best time to visit Montana and Glacier National Park depends on what you're looking for in your vacation. July and August are the warmest summer months with reliable warm weather and most roads and hiking trails will be fully accessible. The Going-to-the-Sun Road typically opens in mid to late June. This also means that July and August are the busiest times of year. If you're looking to beat the crowds, spring or fall may be the best time of year to visit.

Montana's Secret Season

Spring is the secret season in Montana. The landscapes are awakening from the long winter and the weather becomes mild. Glacier National Park and Whitefish are much less busy in May and early June before kids are out of school for the summer. In spring, not all roads and hiking trails will be open, but there is still plenty to do! Spring is the best season for whitewater rafting at the peak of run-off and cyclists can bike the Going-to-the-Sun Road before it opens to vehicle traffic. Although most hotels in the Park open in early June, Grouse Mountain Lodge is open year round and Apgar Village Lodge and the West Glacier Motel typically open in late May.
Winter in Whitefish is a beautiful time of year! Whitefish Mountain Resort typically opens for the season in the first week of December and the first couple weekends before the holidays are great times to get lots of turns without the crowds. The busiest weeks in winter are around Christmas and New Year's as well as around President's Day (Family Day in Alberta). We see lots of snow throughout the winter, but the chance of a bluebird ski day is higher March. 

Fall in Montana

Yes - we have fall colors in Montana! The Larch tree, also known as Tamaracks, are deciduous conifers that change color and lose their needles in the fall. The Larch turn the mountains gold and create spectacular scenes of fall color. Also in the fall, Whitefish has a great line-up of events filled with local flavor, including Whitefish Oktoberfest! For fall visitors to Glacier National Park, the Going-to-the-Sun Road typically stays open until mid to late October, depending on when we receive our first snowfall. Although more properties in the park close in September, Grouse Mountain Lodge is open year-round.

2016 Lodging Dates

The 2016 opening dates for our lodging properties are as follows:

Glacier Park Lodge
June 7, 2016-September 21, 2016
June 10, 2016-September 25, 2016
Open year-round
June 3, 2016-September 18, 2016

Apgar Village Lodge
May 20, 2016-September 25, 2016
May 26, 2016-September 18, 2016
June 10, 2016-September 18, 2016

Visitor Center & Ranger Station Hours

Visitors centers throughout the Park open and close at different times. Times are subject to change throughout the year.

Logan Pass Visitor Center
Road Opening-September 7: 9am to 7pm
September 8-Septemeber 20: 9:30am to 4pm
September 21: Visitor Center closed for season
Many Glacier & Two Medicine Ranger Stations 
May 24 - September 19: 7am to 5pm, backcountry permits available until 4:30pm.
September 20: Ranger stations closed for the season

Polebridge Ranger Station
May 24 - September 7: 9am to 5pm, backcountry Permits available until 4:30pm.
September 8: Ranger station closed for the season

Apgar Visitor Center
January-May 15: Weekends only 9am to 4:30pm
May 16-June 12: 9am to 4:30pm
June 13-September 7: 8am to 6pm
September 8-October 12: 8am to 5pm
October 13-Mid May 2016: Weekends only, 9am to 4:30pm

Park Headquarters 
Monday - Friday (closed holidays): 8am to 4:30pm year round, closed for lunch from 12pm to 12:30pm in the fall, winter and spring
St. Mary Visitor Center 
May 23 - June 27: 8am to 5pm
June 28 - August 22: 8am to 6pm
August 23 - September 27: 8am to 5pm
September 28: Visitor center closed for season